As Director of CCLP’s Health Care program, Bethany works with staff on setting the program’s priorities and leads its advocacy work. Her areas of expertise include regulatory analysis and advocacy for Medicaid and commercial coverage, access to behavioral health benefits, Medicaid eligibility and much more.Staff page ›

Apr 27, 2017

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ACTION ALERT: Stop the AHCA Redux

by | Apr 27, 2017

There they go again.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) fizzled in March after the Congressional Budget Office predicted bleak outcomes, including an increase of 24 million in the number of uninsured Americans over the next 10 years and untenable cuts in federal funding to states.

Unfortunately, the AHCA is back with its plan to scrap Medicaid coverage for millions of adults and slash funding to state programs. Worse, this new version includes amendments that would allow Colorado to opt out of protections for the estimated 1.2 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, or to drop the requirement that plans provide the full slate of benefits. If state plans no longer had to meet the essential health benefits requirement, consumers would no longer have the protections of annual and lifetime limits. Costs for people with serious health needs would skyrocket.

A majority of Coloradans support retaining the ACA, consistent with national views, but those in Congress who ran on repeal can’t seem to leave it alone.  A vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the AHCA could come as soon as tomorrow. As was true regarding the last version of the AHCA, if the bill were to pass, a wealthy few would benefit at the expense of our Colorado communities, and all of us with identified health conditions could pay much more.

Call your representative – especially Reps. Coffman and Buck, who are key players – to tell them to vote no on the AHCA. Let’s put this issue to rest: Coloradans want affordable access to health care, whatever their health needs, and the AHCA would take us in the opposite direction.

– Bethany Pray

Recent articles

CCLP Statement on Health and Hospital Corporation v. Talevski

Last term, we watched as the Supreme Court issued rulings that had wide sweeping consequences for individuals across the country. The Court tipped its hat to the second amendment by expanding the ability to carry guns in public while simultaneously decimating the...

New Public Charge Rule is a Victory for Immigrant Communities

Some immigrants who apply for a green card or a visa to enter the United States must pass what’s called a “public charge” test. The test is designed to evaluate whether the person will primarily depend on the government for support in the future, based on factors such...